WASHINGTON — 4 days after a violent mob stormed the Capitol, overrunning its police drive, an officer who was assigned to guard the Senate through the siege died off responsibility, the Capitol Police introduced on Sunday.
The Capitol Police union stated that Officer Howard Liebengood, a 15-year veteran of the drive, “was among the many officers who responded to the rioting on the U.S. Capitol” on Wednesday, when insurrectionists incited by President Trump attacked the seat of American authorities.
“We prolong our deepest sympathies to Officer Liebengood’s household and we mourn the loss of life of a good friend and colleague who labored alongside us to guard the lives of the members of Congress, their workers and all who serve on the U.S. Capitol,” the assertion from the union stated.
Officer Liebengood, 51, had been a Capitol Police officer since 2005, and was assigned to the company’s Senate division. His father, who shared his title, served because the sergeant-at-arms, the chief safety official, of the Senate from 1981 to 1983. He’s the second Capitol Police Officer to die within the aftermath of the riot.
In a press release on Sunday, the Capitol Police stated solely that Officer Liebengood’s loss of life passed off “off-duty,” however didn’t present the trigger nor reply additional questions.
“We’re reeling from the loss of life of Officer Liebengood,” Gus Papathanasiou, the chairman of the union, stated. “Each Capitol Police officer places the safety of others earlier than their very own security and Officer Liebengood was an instance of the selfless service that’s the hallmark of U.S.C.P. This can be a tragic day.”
The information rocked the police drive days after one other officer, Brian D. Sicknick, died on Thursday of accidents he sustained when he engaged with the mob that attacked the Capitol. At the least 4 civilians have died in reference to the siege.
Lawmakers have demanded investigations and accountability primarily based on arguably essentially the most important safety failure in a long time. The chief of the Capitol Police, in addition to the sergeants-at-arms of each the Home and the Senate, have been fired or resigned.
“The U.S. Capitol Police simply introduced the tragic loss of life of Officer Howard Liebengood — for whom I mourn,” Consultant Dean Phillips, Democrat of Minnesota, wrote on Twitter. “Our officers want greater than gratitude. They want genuine, succesful management and significant assist, and I name on my colleagues to hitch me demanding it instantly.”
Ian Koski, a former aide to Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, posted to Twitter a photograph of Officer Liebengood smiling with a handful of cookies round Christmastime.
“He was an actual individual and a great man, and it is a horrible tragedy,” Ms. Koski wrote.